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Holland Youth Connections group helps kids find jobs

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- About 200 kids turned out Thursday night to get ready for summer jobs in Holland.

The group Holland Youth Connections helps employ inner-city kids and other young people who have trouble finding a job.

Holland Youth Connections puts the kids in teams. Each team includes a supervisor, as well as five kids who work for an employer for ten weeks during the summer.

The group's founder, Willie J. Watt Jr. (who's the executive director of Escape Ministries), says having a job helps the participants feel connected to their community.

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$500K donation to increase Holland snow melt expansion

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- An effort to expand Holland's snow melt system is gaining steam from private donors' major financial commitment: a $500,000 pledge could increase the scope of the current project by nearly ten blocks.

The sound of progress is in the air in downtown Holland, with construction crews hard at work. However, sometimes moving forward in the long-term means taking a step backward in the short-term. Over the past week, business has been down at Peachwave Frozen Yogurt an estimated 20 percent.

"We've got a whole demolition area, and giant holes in the middle of downtown; I think people are starting to stay away a little bit -- there's probably a little confusion about how to pass through," said Peachwave owner Boyd Feltman.

Holland DPS searching for stabbing suspect

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Police are looking for the suspect they say stabbed another man during a fight late Monday night at a hotel. It happened at the Baymont Inn on East 24th Street near Waverly Road.

Investigators say several people were involved in a domestic argument and at one point a physical fight broke out between two men.

During that fight, one of the men was stabbed in the thigh. He was taken to the hospital and is expected to be okay.

The suspect ran south from the scene and K-9 units were not able to find him.

Lake warnings keep some away, not others on Memorial Day

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- The unofficial start to summer came with important warnings on Monday along some of West Michigan's most popular beaches. The threat of dangerous currents up and down the lakeshore kept some people out of the water, but not everyone.

At times, Holland State Park looked more like a private beach on Memorial Day. There were few people on the sand and even fewer jumping in the water.

"More space for me, so I'm good with that," said kite surfer Steffen Lipsky.

The state park had a yellow flag raised on the beach, which is meant to urge caution to beach-goers because of possible dangerous currents. However, Steffen Lipsky thrives on that strong wind.

"You always have to be careful what you're doing and watch out," said Lipsky. "I wear a life vest, some protective gear, and with the kite you've got some floating devices."

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Woman hurt in 2 car crash on Riley St. in Holland

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM)-- A Holland Township woman is hurt after a two-car crash.

It happened on Riley Street in Holland. Police say a 31 year old woman was driving a Grand AM on Riley just before 10:00 PM Friday. She tried turning left between 136th Avenue and U.S. 31, and turned in front of a Honda Accord.

The 33 year old driver, also from Holland Township hit her car. The Grand Am driver was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The Accord driver was not hurt.

Hot Air Balloon Shows are always a Thrill

Hot Air Balloon Shows are always a Thrill

The Hudsonville Fairgrounds is the place to be on July 24, (5-9pm) and July 25 (1-10pm).

The 2015 Grand Rapids Balloon Festival, hosted by RE/MAX of Grand Rapids and presented by our numerous community sponsors, will be held on these dates. All proceeds to support the Children’s Miracle Network (Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital). Admission is free and a charge of $5.00 for parking.

There will be 30 Hot Air Balloons, Kids Stage, Vendor Bazaar, Classic Car Show, Arts & Craft Fair, Farmer’s Market and a Movie in the Park. Lots and lots of activities for kids. This Free, Fun and Family Focused event will be the place to be.

Meekhof Welcomes Constituent to Memorial Day Service

Meekhof Welcomes Constituent to Memorial Day Service

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R – West Olive, welcomed a local constituent, Ms. Charlotte Nelis to the State of Michigan Senate Memorial Day service, held yesterday on the Senate floor in Lansing and hosted by the honorable Senator Patrick Colbeck.

“It was a blessing to have Ms. Nelis join me for the service,” said Meekhof. “It is important that we never forget the sacrifices made by Ms. Nelis, Sgt. Seif and the rest of their family and friends.”

Ms. Nelis’s son, Staff Sgt. Andrew Seif, was one of the seven marines and four soldiers killed in a helicopter crash while conducting a night training mission in Florida recently.